Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair made an impassioned defence of religion, saying the world would be heading for tragedy and disaster without faith.
In a May 14 interview at an Anglican conference in London, Blair also revealed that he had once been rebuked by an official for proposing to end a speech with the words: "God bless Britain."
Blair, a former Anglican who became a Catholic in 2007, said faith was vital because it introduced the virtue of humility into societies.
"What is the essence of our faith besides all the things we believe, certainly as Christians, about Jesus Christ and his place in our lives?" he asked.
"It is also fundamentally a belief that there is something bigger and more important than you, that you are not the only thing that matters, that there is something that is greater and transcendent," he said.